Straight success for Tranship
By Euan Youdale25 June 2008
Following the success of its two FCC CBG 25/30 Liebherr floating cranes in the Kerch Straits, Ukraine-based cargo specialist Tranship, has placed an order for a third model for installation on its Atlas-5 barge.
Transship provides ship to ship transfer of wheat and barley, sulphur, ore, coal, usually on Handysize and Panamax vessels.
The company's barges Atlas-1 and Atlas-4 are fitted with Liebherr's bulk handling FCC CBG 25/30 Litronic which are capable of loading Capesize vessels.
The model has maximum lifting capacity of 25 tonnes in grab operation with a jib outreach of 30 m. This outreach is extended through an ex-centre arm of 10 m and 6 m respectively, making a total outreach of 40 m and 36 m.
"A major advantage of the arm lies in the positioning of the cranes during lifting and discharging of cargo. Due to the extended outreach it is not necessary to reposition the crane to reach all holds during unloading, and the cycle can be reduced by approximately 20% in comparison to conventional cranes," says Liebherr.
Atlas-1 and 4 can tranship 600 to 800,000 tonnes of cargo within 200 days. During the peak season for grain each crane transhipped some 200,000 tonnes of grain per month, limited only by the lack of barges.